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tonight on "nightline," the rise and fall of lindsay lohan. was the troubled starlet is sentenced to 90 days in jail, we have the inside story of the talented child actor who seemed to have everything, and then lost it all. forever in blue jeans. "nightline" goes behind the scenes at levi's to see why the company that introduced denim to the world more than a century ago is not only surviving, but thriving in the fickle world of fashion. and, the summer swelter. blistering triple-different temperatures paralyze much of the country. and unrelenting and record-breaking heat wave.
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so, when will the mercury finally stop rising? >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, martin bashir and cynthia mcfadden in new york city, this is "nightline," july 6th, 2010. >> good evening. there was real life drama today in a hollywood courtroom, as a favorite actress was subjected to the full force of the law. lindsay lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail followed by 90 days in a rehab facility after repeatedly violating the terms of her probation. it is the bitter end to a stunning tail spin. a young woman now facing the grim reality of a jail cell. as david wright now reports. today in court, lindsay lohan gave an emotional performance. >> i did do everything that i was told to do and did the best i could. >> reporter: her audience?
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one person. a beverly hills judge. >> i'm not taking this as a joke. this is my life. >> so, you say about it taking seriously. >> reporter: the judge was apparently not impressed. >> just a few minutes, telling the court that if only she knew, she would have complied. it's like somebody who cheats doesn't think it's cheating unless they get caught. >> reporter: lohan's sentencing if violating the terms of her probation, reflected the judge's skepticism. >> 30 days in jail on the reckless driving case. 30 days in jail on the first du i case consecutive. and 30 days in jail on the second. >> reporter: 90 days behind bars, due to start later this month. plus, 90 days checked into substance abuse rehab. six months of her life, gone. >> she is an actress. i think, you know, my gut was, i wasn't sure if the tears, when
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she spoke to the judge, were real. i was certain when she finally heard the sentence, and i think she was absolutely thunder struck that this happened. >> reporter: as she left the courtroom, it was definitely not the red carpet rope line she's accustomed to. this talented young actress first hollywood attention 12 years ago in the remark of "the parent trap." >> you and i are like sisters. >> sisters? hally, we're like twins. >> reporter: lohan was just 12 years old at the time. >> i was younger, i wanted to be in movies and stuff like that. kind of weird. my dream came true. >> reporter: with that combination of innocence and sensitivity, she quickly became a star. in "mean girls," she was the girl next door, struggling to be popular though she secretly identified more with the outcasts. >> this is your room? >> it was my parents' room. but i made them trade me. >> reporter: it wasn't just the
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teeny bopper roles she excelled in. she played meryl streep's talented, but troubled daughter. >> death is easy, like jumping into the big blue air. >> reporter: like many child stars before her, she clearly grew up too fast. some same she was dealing with her own parent trap. may 2007, her first dui. police found cocaine in her car. lohan promised rehab, and voluntarily sported a scram bracelet. two months later, more cocaine found, another dui. her celebrity persona changed. gone was that innocent little girl from "the parent trap." in her place, the party girl. nightclubing until all hours. the paparazzi never far behind. still talented, still beautiful. but with a definite bad girl streak. that sultry music video -- ♪ i'm just a little bossy >> helped her debut album hit number one on the dance charts.
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and when "new york magazine" wanted to recreate mar minute monroe's last nude photo shoot, they tapped -- guess who. the question today, did she make good to the commitment to go to rehab after the arrests two years ago. lohan insisted she did. >> i was ordered to go once a week. and i wasn't missing the classes just to -- i was working mostly, and i was working with children, it wasn't a vacation, it wasn't some sort of a joke. and i respect it, i have been taking it seriously. >> reporter: she missed rehab seven times in 27 weeks. including that trip to morocco last halloween when she partied at an opening of a beach nightclub. she missed a court appearance at the cannes film festival. photos showed her having a good
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time. >> are you still taking drugs? >> no, no. >> reporter: just six weeks ago, she told hollywood.tv, she was convinced the court would be lenient. >> are you scared? >> i don't see what reason i would go to prison for. i've been in compliance. >> reporter: while the lawyer pleaded for leniency -- >> she's trying to make a living for herself while complying with a very strict program. >> reporter: the prosecutor pushed hard for jail time. >> and it's with that, your honor, that evidence, that the people would ask the court to find the defendant in violation of the court's direct order. >> reporter: the judge clearly agreed. >> 30 days in jail on the reckless driving case. 30 days in jail on the first dui case consecutive. and 30 days in jail on the second dui case consecutive. that's 90 days in jail.
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>> reporter: but some worry about the next two weeks, as the gravity of her situation sinks in. >> it's probably what she needs, because she's not going to take rehab seriously until she feels the consequences and jail could make her feel just that. >> reporter: a wheel star who has fallen from grace. a classic hollywood story. lohan may not have hit rock bottom just yet. i'm david wright for "nightline" in los angeles. >> miss lohan has been ordered to be at the county jail at 8:30 a.m. on july 20th. but due to overcrowd offing, it's unlikely she'll serve the whole of her sentence. our thanks to david write. and when we come back, we'll turn to an american classic. they invented blue jeans as we wear them. we take you inside the inner workings of levy's. sir? finding everything okay? i work for a differen. my auto policy's just getting
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it is one item of clothing that you'll find in almost every wardrobe in america. indeed, we live in a denim nation. and we can thank one company above all others for this timeless fashion staple. levi's has been stitching blue janes for more than a century. so, what's the formula for success, and how do they keep us coming back for more? john donvan found out. >> reporter: you think of the brand names that have survived in this world since before your grand ma was born. that soup, and sunoco, that ketchup and then coe pasco. the guy who made tractors and that paper in toledo. but when you consider this brand, an american survivor
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since before your great-grandma was born, consider this aspect of the business behind it. clothing. its fashion. but fashion has changed and change means new and with the brand, it's old. so old, there were in jeans before levi's. they invented jeans as they we them in 1873, selling them in san francisco, where today stands the headquarters of an empire, in which, on upper floors, designers stay focused on what the brand will be tomorrow. has this garment launched yet? >> not out there yet. this is part of -- part of this is our spring' 11 line. won't be out until december at the earlier. >> reporter: while elsewhere on a lower floor, in a vault that holds the history, literally, they treasure the past. >> this is about a half a million dollars worth of vintage denim. >> reporter: lynn downey showing
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me the oldest known pair of jeans in existence. what are they worth now? >> about $150,000. to me, they're priceless. >> reporter: originally called the double x, this pair dates to 1879. >> this is a 501 -- >> reporter: it is? >> it's the template. >> dry clean only. that's nice. not really. >> reporter: now, of course, from the start, the whole point has been their raw practice callty. you could wash them in a river. or not. but here's the challenge, making money but fashion should be new but your icon is so long. a challenge they seem to be handli handling. because in the toughest economy since, well, grandma again, their profits are climbing. from $48 million in february 2009, to $56 million this year. recall, traditionally, you would
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buy your jeans in other people's stores. levi's did wholesale. now they are set on retail. people think of this as a classic, and it works. and it sells. and it's really easily identified. does this business really need to go to the high end, to do well? >> well, and you're absolutely right. we are a classic. we are the original. we invented the category. and one of our challenges, we have to remain relevant. we think we're the only brand that can truly bring you that experience from the very top to the really affordable every day jeans product. we can never take for granted just because you started this whole business that you will always be successful. >> in 1850, a man named levi found two studs and hitched them to a pair of pants. >> reporter: the ceo of this
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american manufacture comes from australia. where he joined the company years ago. how much do we think of this still as an american-made product. >> well, we never walk away from who we are. we are an american apparel company. we still make in the u.s. today and we will continue. but we have to honor other consumers in other parts of the world. >> reporter: making jeans, which they do in 55 countries. including in the u.s. this is a plant in l.a. and you can see how much is still done by hand. making jeans is quite different from knowing how to sell them over a counter. so, this is where the front door. >> we walk through the front door. this is the first table you see. >> the hot table. >> reporter: which is why they've built this make believe store, a small one, yes, but it's the lab they use to figure out how to display the goods and how customers will react to the displays. robert hansen is president of levi strauss americas.
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you bring regular folks in here to look at the display. >> right. they challenge us. >> reporter: when hansen showed me around headquarters, while covers a lot of territory, and includes the fabric library, overseen by amy leonard. they have more than 5,000 samples from 60 countries here. >> we've also got about 2,000 booms on the different trims, the zippers, the threads, the buttons. >> reporter: the question came back to, again, how do you put this together? all the colors, all the fabrics, if this is a company trying to stay true to a past built on men's pants constructed out of denim in blue. all this, that the designer showed me, this and this and this -- >> what would these retail for? >> this is probably somewhere around 90s. >> reporter: and that's not even the highest end. but all this, hansen says, is
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meant to keep in touch with the past and still feel fresh and new. would be it be liberating if you didn't have the 501, if you were just a jean company starting up five years ago, and you didn't have to keep going back to the 501? >> we think it's liberating to work from the truth of what the brand is. i often have a say in people working with the creative team, designers, marketers. you can innovate if the brief is completely open. but you can equally inknow valt if you are very, very specific about the outcome. >> reporter: so, take a look around the design studio here. maybe what you're seeing 100 years from now, will be one of those relics they lock up at night in the vault that holds the history. i'm john donvan for "nightline" in san francisco. >> a breech history of blue jeans. our thanks to john donvan. and when we come back, we turn toward the kitchen, where mouth watering italian fare
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airborne. beautiful. and strong. there to ensure the most powerful transmitter is you. rule the air. >> announcer: "nightline" continues from new york city with martin bashir. >> well all know when there are too many cooks in the kitchen, but two cooks in the kitchen, well, that can do the trick. that is certainly the case with the from franks you're about to meet. boyhood friends here in new york reunited by a shared love of food and a distinct philosophy on how to serve it. and they are our duet in tonight's "plate list."
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>> i was getting tailed by what i didn't know, which was undercover cops. so, i came outside and they checked my i.d. and they made sure everything was okay and it was like a whole big commotion. >> i watching this from my window because i'm on the parlor floor looking down. >> i saw him and i recognized him and i say, hey, frank. he looked at me like -- i was like, frank, it's frank from queens. that was it. that was in 2003. i mean, we figured that we hadn't seen each other in 18 years. >> start with our tomato. very carefully, we go right around in a circle. do a yellow and a red tomato. >> avocado. very kind of family style. you come in there like that, and you wind up almost with a
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perfect slice. little onion right on top. we're going to hit with a little fresh ground white pepper. sea salt. a little bit of olive oil. right here. and we have a little bit of fresh chili pepper to give you that holt mouth feel. very simple, very fresh. there you have it. tomato and avocado salad. >> perfecto. >> it's like the rolling stones. why are the rolling stones still the rolling stones? they're getting something from the experience, you know? i mean, they're making money, but i mean, at some point, do you really need that much more money? no, you're enjoying the experience. and you're polishing and honing your craft to the point where you're really, really touching people. >> yeah, and up got all your friends with you. i got my family here all the time.
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can't ask for anything more. and, you know, it's really a simple story. it's a true, you know, vision that we had as kids and we stuck to it until now and we're still going with it. >> first step, you want to get that knife in the center perfectly and then you just want to push in. once you get in there, make sure you save all the juice. all that is basically the sauce. first ingredient in the pan is going to be our olive oil. for two portions, like two cloves or garlic cut in half in the pan. all right, so your garlic is browning. >> there was a lot of years up until now, 26 years of it, where we struggled. >> it's a tight ecosystem. >> especially -- >> money comes in, money goes out. so, you basically -- everybody is sustaining their existence and having a great time while doing it.
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but if you want to become a billionaire, i think that microchips is the way to go. or oil. it's proven. this is the business that, if you want to, you know, be involved and take care of people, this is the business you want to be in. >> once your clams are shucked, you want to strain the liquid through a strainer to get rid of any of the shells. clams in the oil. rough chop parsley. fresh crushed peppers. going to add a little bit more of the juice. turn your flame back up. some people prefer dried pasta. personally,ic like the fresh. >> this will cook in two or three minutes with a roiming boil like that. >> your sauce is just about ready. take that pat that out. a little bit of water is fine. you don't need much salt in that because the clams are very, very salty. there's your pasta. spoon out some of those clams. that looks delicious. and there you have it.
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summer lynn gee knee and clam s. >> by the way, frank's father is named frank, also, and is born the same day as me. i'm dorn -- >> miss father's name is frank. >> can't swing a dead cat without hitting a frank in brooklyn. >> if you want to finish it with a little bit more olive oil. >> we try to finish it with a little bit of olive oil. >> brothers in food. and it sure does look good. and once again, we're searching for local chefs that you'd like to see features here on "nightline." we're calling it "the people's plate list" and you can find all the details on the "nightline" page at abc inside.com. and when we come back, the latest on the 100-degree yet wave that just won't give up.
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